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Tips & Tricks: How To Organise Your Garage

Tips & Tricks: How To Organise Your Garage

Garages can fast become an area of your home where items just get thrown into simply because there’s no other place for them or they haven’t been organised properly. Sifting through these can be a real time investment purely because you may find bits and pieces that you forgot you even had! Here are some top storage solutions to keep your garage organised and stop it from becoming cluttered. First of all you should divide your items into different sections depending on what you decide to keep, store or throw away which will help reduce the amount of items that you have to find a new home for and act as an incentive to clear out the junk. Adding open or closed shelving to your garage will clear away many items such as small paint tins that get cluttered on […]

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Tips & Tricks: Under Bed Storage

Tips & Tricks: Under Bed Storage

Making use of the space under your bed is a great storage solution, it’s also an area which is often forgotten about. The area can be used for items that aren’t used regularly such as out of season clothes, shoes and bedding. Whether you have drawers or a raised bed, a little creativity and a few simple storage solutions can transform an empty area into an indispensible storage space. One of the best storage solutions for underneath the bed is vacuum storage bags as they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be filled with sweaters, clothes and any other soft items, then by using a vacuum cleaner you can easily suck the air from the bags which reduces them to a compact storable size. The deflated bags can then stored underneath the bed and even stacked […]

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Tips & Tricks: Student Storage Solutions

Tips & Tricks: Student Storage Solutions

When students move into university halls they’re often faced with small rooms and not enough space to accommodate their stuff. Rooms usually come with a basic wardrobe, bed and desk fitted into a tight space. Here are some top tips to help organise and store things efficiently. As students usually stay in rented accommodation there are limits to what can be done with the room. Drilling into the walls to put up hooks and shelving won’t be allowed so you will have to be ruthless with the items you want to take and be imaginative with the space available. Bringing boxes, containers and over-the-door hangers will stop items becoming cluttered on the floor. You’re likely to hoard more items throughout the year with university work and any purchases you make. Keeping all your work together in designated areas will make […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Make Space For Your Tools

Tips & Tricks: How To Make Space For Your Tools

You can be creative with tool storage and build your own cabinets but there are also many simple storage ideas that will help you keep your tools in good condition and ready when you need them. A toolbox is a great solution for the all round handyman that only occasionally tries his hand at DIY. There’s a range of different sizes and they are portable which makes it easier to take all your tools with you as they always stay in one location. If you have the space, a storage rack can keep your tools organised and make it very easy to find what you need effortlessly. To create one of these, all you need is a board which is fitted to a clear wall. Attach various hooks, baskets and mount bars to it to hold your tools in place. […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Store Your Bicycle

Tips & Tricks: How To Store Your Bicycle

There are many different factors to take into consideration when storing your bike, such as how often you ride your bicycle, how much space you have at home and what the weather is like where you live. Here are some top tips to help you plan the way you store your bicycle and keep it in good condition. You should always avoid suspending your bike from a single wheel rim from your garage ceiling as some wheels have ‘quick release’ which could send it crashing to the floor. The wheels aren’t strong enough to take the weight without bending and getting damaged. Before you put your bicycle into storage it’s recommended that you keep the tyres inflated and check the pressure regularly. This can help extend tyre life by avoiding problems such as flattened rubber and cracks on the side […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Store Your Garden Tools

Tips & Tricks: How To Store Your Garden Tools

Storing your garden tools properly can add years to the life of your equipment, especially after the summer when there is a risk of rust and wear. Better yet when you are able to use your tools again they will be ready to go straight away. Here are some top tips to help you plan the way you store your garden tools in advance. Before storing your garden tools make sure you scrub off any dirt or mud by using a stick to knock off the large pieces and a wire brush to remove the dirt that is really stuck on. If it is really covered and you’re finding it hard to get it back to its shiny old self, you may need to soak the tool in a bucket of hot water before attempting again. Make sure you wipe […]

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Tips and Tricks: How Best To Store Cakes

Tips and Tricks: How Best To Store Cakes

There aren’t many things you can’t keep in a self storage room, but food is one of them. It’s unlikely that most home-cooked meals will last for long, but when you’re planning to make something in advance – what’s the best way to keep it fresh? Take cake for instance – you’ve spent a long time baking the perfect chocolate or carrot mix – and the house is filled with the lovely aroma of your hard work. Don’t let it go to waste by neglectful storage. Fruit cakes keep the best, particularly when soaked in an alcohol like brandy, which acts as a preservative. You can keep a Christmas or wedding cake (wrapped in a double layer of greaseproof paper and foil, and kept in a tin) for about three months, ‘feeding’ it with alcohol from time to time – […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Store Handbags Correctly For Self Storage

Tips & Tricks: How To Store Handbags Correctly For Self Storage

When your handbag costs as much as a holiday to a tropical island, you need to make sure you store it correctly. If you are the kind of person who throws everything in the bottom of your closet, including your precious Prada purse, then think again. Storing them carefully will prolong the lives of these accessories when using self storage; keeping them in pristine condition and making them last longer. One of the best ways to store handbags is to put them in plastic boxes which allow air to circulate. Just make sure the boxes are big enough so that you are not folding over the bag handles. The handbags you use regularly need to be easily accessible, so store them on the top or side shelf in your closet, standing upright in a line. You can organise them however […]

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Tips & Tricks: Putting Electronic Goods Into Self Storage

Tips & Tricks: Putting Electronic Goods Into Self Storage

Whether it’s a plasma television, a computer or a stereo – are delicate, cost a lot of money and central to most people’s lives. If you’re placing any of these items in self storage, you need to make sure that they stay clean and protected until you need to use them again. The best way to prepare is to make sure they’re clean in the first place. Wipe them down to remove dust or grime, as this can cause premature scratching and degradation of the plastic. Next – detach all wires, as this reduces strain and wear on the sockets – but make sure that they’re grouped according to appliance and labeled. The last thing you want to do when unpacking is to have to search for a stray cable! Wrap your electronics with dust sheets, but not plastics, as […]

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Tips & Tricks: Storing towels and linens

Tips & Tricks: Storing towels and linens

It’s often the most-used and basic of household goods that are difficult to store. Bathroom towels take up a considerable amount of shelf space, especially extra-large body towels and thick fluffy cotton varieties. Even when neatly folded or rolled they require a significant amount of space. Not every home comes with a linen closet that offers deep shelves for bathroom towels. Why not instead invest in an extra-large wicker basket? Display towels that colour-coordinate with the bathroom, and store them in the open basket. The towels will be within easy reach when a clean one is required, and they will add to the colour scheme of the space. A smaller matching basket can be used as decorative open storage for neatly rolled hand towels and flannels. The other option is to invest in a freestanding ready-made cabinet – a self […]

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